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Grad programs remain at top of magazine's rankings

Monday August 18, 2014
SCS's graduate program has again been ranked No. 1 (a Best Graduate School 2015) by U.S. News and World Report, and is widely regarded as one of the best computer science programs in the world. 

Clarke Receives Honorary Degree From University of Crete

Byron Spice Wednesday October 15, 2014
On Oct. 13, FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science Edmund M. Clarke received an honorary doctorate from the University of Crete’s Department of Computer Science — the first honorary degree ever awarded by the department.The University of Crete is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented institution located in the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion on the island of Crete.  It is ranked 48th in the the Times Higher Education (THE) annual list of the top 100 universities founded in the past 50 years.Christos Nikolaou, a Ph.D. student of Clarke’s at Harvard... 

PayPal Founder Levchin Visiting Campus

Byron Spice Tuesday October 14, 2014
The School of Computer Science will host Max Levchin, an entrepreneur, investor in early-stage startups and a co-founder of PayPal and Yelp, for his Oct. 21 visit to Carnegie Mellon University as part of a University Tech Tour organized by HVF, his San Francisco-based innovation and investment lab.He will join David Mawhinney, co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for a 5:30 p.m. “Fireside Chat” in the Gates and Hillman center’s Rashid Auditorium focusing on consumer finance and healthcare.  He is also scheduling an open pitch session with students who want to... 

Carnegie Mellon Hacks and Cracks its Way to Win at DEFCON 22

Byron Spice Monday October 13, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University demonstrated its cyber prowess by winning the “Capture the Flag” and “Crack Me If You Can” contests at DEFCON 22, one of the world’s largest annual computer security conferences.Carnegie Mellon’s computer hacking team, the Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP), took first place for the second consecutive year in the Capture the Flag (CTF) contest, with a score of 11,263, more than 3,400 points above the second-place team.  Globally, hundreds of teams battle throughout the year for one of 20 slots at DEFCON’s CTF competition, which has been called the “World Series... 

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Shares Hidden Side of Energy

Byron Spice Friday October 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH—Is it possible to run the entire country on wind power?Stephen Rose, a post-doctoral fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, will share his views on wind power and the inner workings of American energy in an informal discussion beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 15, at Biddle’s Escape, 401 Biddle Ave. in Wilkinsburg, Pa.The event will kick off a series of monthly conversations with scientists, called Speakeasy Science. The series is organized by Science and Engineering Ambassadors, a Pittsburgh-based program of the National Academies, and Public Communication for... 

Snakes and Snake-Like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes

Byron Spice Thursday October 09, 2014
PITTSBURGH—The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.In a study published in the October 10 issue of the journal Science, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Oregon State University and Zoo Atlanta report that... 

Machine Learning’s Diane Stidle Wins Andy Award for Culture

Bruce Gerson Monday October 06, 2014
The Ph.D. students in the Machine Learning Department fondly call Diane Stidle the “mom of the department.” Faculty members call her the department’s “heart and soul.”That’s why Stidle, the department's business and graduate programs manager, is this year’s Andy Award winner for Culture.The Andy Awards, named for Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, are a tribute to the spirit of teamwork and dedication embodied by the staff at Carnegie Mellon University. Individual staff members and teams of colleagues whose work has had a significant impact on the university were recognized for their... 

Drop That Beaker: Online Games and Remote Experiments Could Reduce Scientific Fraud, Cherry-picking

Byron Spice Monday October 06, 2014
PITTSBURGH—One way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research is through massive online laboratories, which use videogames to engage large numbers of non-professional investigators and prevent scientists from manually testing their own hypotheses, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University say.Though unconventional, CMU’s Adrien Treuille and Stanford’s Rhiju Das argue that this online, game-like approach actually is more scientifically rigorous than the standard practice of scientists proposing an explanation for some phenomenon and then... 
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